MILLCREEK — A 56-year-old man with a gun was shot and killed by police on Monday.
Officers were initially dispatched to a “domestic incident” involving a man with a gun at 2468 E. Evergreen Ave. (3400 South) about 11:50 a.m., said Unified Police Sgt. Melody Gray. Marc Dominic Neal, 56, lived in a trailer on the property that is owned by his mother. The domestic incident was between the mother and son, according to Gray.
When police arrived, they encountered Neal in the driveway holding a gun, Gray said. He was shot and killed a short time later.
Six officers were placed on paid administrative leave because they fired weapons, Gray confirmed.
“Officers attempted for several minutes to de-escalate the situation and convince Neal to put the firearm down prior to the shooting,” Unified police said in a Monday evening statement.
What exactly prompted officers to shoot will be part of the investigation, which will be conducted by West Valley police.
The mother was inside the house at the time of the shooting and not harmed, Gray said,
The shooting happened about 12:30 p.m. Students at nearby Evergreen Junior High School had to shelter in place for a little less than an hour as a precaution, though there was not any direct threat to the school or its students, according to Granite School District officials.
A shelter in place means school is continuing as normal, but parents and visitors will not be allowed on campus until the police action is over.
Court records show Neal had prior run-ins with police. He pleaded guilty to burglary, a third-degree felony, in 2018, and was sentenced to up to five years in the Utah State Prison. He has prior convictions of shoplifting, theft and trespassing, all misdemeanor offenses.